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How To Write A Song! 11

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I Haven’t done the harmonies yet because I got distracted.
Just recently I had to completely take apart my laptop, just to clean the fan!
Now, I managed to do it and still carry on with the song, but the problem now is that it has inspired me to write another song!
This often happens when I’m writing, I usually end up working on two or three songs at a time!
This new one is going to be about wanting to clean a laptop fan but having trouble doing it (it’s hard to explain), usually I don’t like to be too literal about what I’m writing about because it can sound a bit cheesy. But I think that, because of what I’m going to do with this new song, it’ll be o.k.

So anyway, it’s going to put a slight delay on the old song (that I’m calling Hannah) because I’m inspired and motivated, so I have to go with it! And this one has a video idea attached to it, so stay tuned for that one!

…I will continue with “Hannah” when I can.

How To Write A Song! 10

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I love doing harmonies!

I usually do them in 3 groups of 5 part harmonies; 5 panned left, 5 in the center and 5 panned right.
I often treat them as if they were like people commenting on the lyrics that are being sung.
Depending on the song, I think that 3 sets of 5 part harmonies can be a bit too confusing, especially when there is lots going on. I think that the average listener listens to a song as a whole and doesn’t always home in on any specific instrument, or harmony, other that the main vocal line. So I don’t think that they get to appreciate a complicated harmony part when the rest of the music is quite busy. It’s also down to my mixing not being good enough to get them heard properly! But hey, I’m still learning.. (that’s why I did a bonus version of “cats and rats” that was just the voices!)

So, for this song I have decided to do 2 groups of 3 part harmonies, panned left and right. That way they should be easier to pick out!
When writing the harmonies, I like to sit in front of my computer with the microphone and a keyboard and record them in as I write them. I don’t bother with doing lots of takes because they’re more in the background than the main vocal, so they don’t have to be as perfect. Also, there are so many parts that it would take me ages to process it all!
So, I listen to the track and think of where to put the harmonies and what they should be saying. Then I press record and see if I like the way it sounds, then check to see if it’s correct and goes with the chords of the song and that it doesn’t change the flavour too much. Finally I check to see if the take needs re-singing or is ok enough.
I always try to avoid singing too many different words on top or the main vocal, because it can be too confusing. Also I try to make sure that the vowel sounds are the same. So that I don’t get one voice in a harmony par standing out above the rest, simply because it’s singing an “aaaa” when it should be singing an “ahhh”. ..and yes, it happens.
So..
That’s how I write and record harmonies!
I’d best get to it…

How To Write A Song! 9

by Jayme Gutierrez Posted in blogging | 2 Comments »

Ok, well I’ve managed to do the vocals now!

I usually record several takes of me singing the whole song, before I start editing. But I don’t do the song the whole way through. I start with the verse over and over then move on to the chorus, e.t.c..
When I have them all down, and am roughly pleased with the performance, I then start comping.
(Vocal compositing or “comping” as I just called it, is basically taking the best bits from the various raw takes and editing them all into one master vocal track)
I never put the microphone away until after the editing because often I’ll find that, on some parts, I’m not happy with any of the takes! So I’ll end up re-recording those takes again. Now, I know I could just simply edit the takes that I don’t like by pitch-bending them or time-stretching them but I think that, apart from lowering the quality of the sound, it’s better and quicker to simply re-record them.

So anyway, now I can start writing the harmonies! Yey!

How To Write A Song! 8

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So, here are the lyrics…

1st Verse:

Oh no..
Here we are, just disagreeing,
Over one small thing that doesn’t really matter,
When you think about it clearly,¬†“You don’t” (I think I’ll have the harmonies sing that)
One more row, we’re both too stubborn,
maybe I’ll back down so I can agree with you,
Let’s be wrong together, A little joke there

Small fuss festers in between us,
We should take big step back, Just to see the bigger picture,
Don’t say you’re not too sure,
I swear there’s more,
So just slow down cos we’re still learning.. Meaning; “not too sure” on the¬†relationship. And “slow down” as in; take time to reflect on what’s important, instead of just arguing because the body is feeling angry.

1st Chorus:

Can’t you see what we have found,
Hard stone feelings forced into the ground,
Past is rock we stand upon,
Storng enough to build.. (a future on). Basically, the memories of all the good times that they’ve spent together should reinforce the reason to persevere through the hard times.

2nd Verse:

But you don’t want to hear,
The point that I’m trying to make is all so clear,
But you’d rather have another heated conversation,
And you still hold to a point even though you know,
I proved you wrong but you can’t let it go,
Because you don’t want to be the loser. ¬†Again, just another silly argument.
I told you once before,
I swear there’s more,
So just slow and learn…

2nd Chorus:

Can’t you see what we have found,
hard stone feelings join to make the ground,
Past is rock we stand upon,
Storng enough to build,
A future on…

Break:

Coz, We are learning,
through these turning,
twisting troubled times of hurting.
fighting, failing, falling, wailing,
trying re-conciliating,
There is so much more for us to learn…

Hannah.. (I put the word “Hannah” in there, purely out of laziness. I needed a two syllable word, so I thought that maybe it could be the guy talking to a girl called “Hannah”,¬†I think I’ll call the song “Hannah” just to make it seem more deliberate!)

3rd Chorus (Double):

Can’t you see what we have found,
hard stone feelings forced into the ground,
And it’s rock we stand upon,
Here to build a future on..

…Hard stone feelings forced into the ground,
And it’s rock we stand upon,
Strong enough to build..

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So, I just need to record them and then I can start on writing the harmonies!

How Tow Write A Song! 7

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O.k, quick update; today I added some organ and electric piano.

Now the lyrics….

I often find them quite hard to do because I like them to flow with the song and now sound contrived, when I sing them.
I don’t like to put the stress of the syllable of a word in the wrong place, just so that it will fit into a verse. That is when it sounds forced.
Before I start looking at the rhyming dictionary, I need to know what I want to say. So I think about the line and then write it down in rough. Then I start to make it rhyme and fit to the melody.
I like to use thesaurus.com and rhymezone.com to help me with words, when I get stuck.

So, now I’m off to try and write. This may take a while…

UP! UP!